Afghanistan returns 14 'missing' Pakistani soliders

There were conflicting reports about the number of missing soldiers.

Afghanistan returns 14 'missing' Pakistani soliders

Fourteen of about 40 Pakistani soldiers who went missing after an attack on a security check post this week have been found in Afghanistan and flown home on Thursday, a Pakistan army spokesman said.

About 40 Frontier Corps troops were missing after Taliban overran their post on Monday about a kilometre from the Afghan border between the Pakistani tribal regions of Mohmand and Bajaur.

"These troops were handed over by the Afghan army and were being flown back home by a Pakistani helicopter," Major General Athar Abbas, spokesman for the Pakistan Army, said.

But, he had no details as to how they had crossed the border.

The 14 included five who were handed over to the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Wednesday.

There were conflicting reports about the number of missing soldiers.

Security officials in the mountainous region said up to 65 soldiers initially went missing but 11 of them reported to the base the same day after the attack.

One of the officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday 10 soldiers crossed into Afghanistan accidently and were in custody of Afghan forces.

Reuters

Last Mod: 18 Haziran 2010, 14:47
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